Theory of science and research methods in art, technology and design
The course provides an overview of theory of science and scientific method, set within a cultural framework and addressed in relation to (forms of) knowledge. The focus lies on reflexive, critical and qualitative research methods in the humanities and the social sciences. Notions of paradigmatic shifts, divides between different scientific traditions, and inter- and transdisciplinary research are presented and framed in ways that are particularly useful for students pursuing practice-based research, artistic research and design research. Students are provided with a solid understanding of key concepts and topics – such as the relation between epistemology, ontology, and methodology, and the linkage between research question, method, aim and result – through lectures and literature seminars. In emphasizing social complexity and with a focus on poorly-defined cases characterized by “messiness”, the course aims at providing students with advanced insights into recent thinking on reflexive and critical methodologies, qualitative and innovative methods, and performative research practices. Historical examples and key philosophical sources are combined with current thinking in various academic fields characterised by criticality, experimentation and reflexivity. On completion of the course, the student will be able to reflect on his/her own position in relation to dominant schools of thought, and critically discuss the problems and opportunities, as well as the epistemological and ethical challenges, inherent to his/her own research practice.
Applications to the course should be submitted by e-mail to the course responsible teacher, Jonathan Metzger – no later than the 1 st of March. Your participation in the course is only guaranteed after you have received a positive response on your application. Anyone eligible for third cycle is welcome to apply. The number of participants is limited, first come, first served!